Bluegrass isn’t salivated over by the masses as much as some other, less banjo-y bands out there (Mumfords excluded), but that doesn’t mean it’s dead. Far from it. Whether you’re into newgrass, jamgrass, traditional string bands or even pirate music, you’ll find there’s a lot to look forward to in your local record store this year. Here are our most anticipated bluegrass albums of 2013.
Frank Fairfield – Third Man Records 45 w/ Zac Sokolow (2013, Third Man Records)
“Nine Pound Hammer”
Ex-Fleet Foxes tour mate Frank Fairfield nearly achieved crossover indie success with his Pitchfork approved sophomore release, “Out on the Open West.” But it’s been a while since 2001, and if you don’t keep up your appearances, indie cred can quickly peter out. Fortunately for Mr. Fairfield, his music holds up just fine without it. Jack White seems to think so: according to Frank’s publicist, the ex-White Stripe has invited Frank and Zac Sokolow of rock band the Americans down to Tennessee to record a 45 for Third Man Records. It sounds like a hell of a combination, and fingers crossed, could jolt Fairfield out of his hiatus and into a third LP.